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HER Number:MDV29945
Name:Rowden Farmhouse, Widecombe


Dartmoor Expedition Centre, formerly a farmhouse. Late 17th or early 18th century with minor 20th century addition at the rear; former shippon at right-hand end is of a different build and could be the remnant of an earlier longhouse.


Grid Reference:SX 699 763
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/277
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (Built, XVII to XVIII - 1675 AD to 1735 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Field no 1297, barn and yard. Rowden Estate.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol III, 657 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Visited 20/7/1979. Rowden. There are three buildings marked on the Tithe Map. The building to the nw is now the farmhouse, shorter and higher than normal, and with no hearth fireplace or staircase well. Two lines of flagstones cross the yard marking the underground courses of leats.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England, 1242051 (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

WIDECOMBE-IN- SX 67 NE THE-MOOR 1/199 Rowden Farmhouse - GV II
Dartmoor Expedition Centre, formerly a farmhouse. Late C17 or early C18 with minor C20 addition at the rear; former shippon at right-hand end is of a different build and could be the remnant of an earlier longhouse. Granite rubble; left-hand gable covered with roughcast. Half-hipped wheat reed thatched roof; large granite ashlar chimneystack with plain flat cap at each end of ridge, a little way in from the half-hip. Shippon to right mostly covered with cement-rendered slate, except for a patch of corrugated asbestos. 4-room plan. Front door opens on to a staircase; large room with fireplace at either side and a small unheated room beyond that. 2 storeys, with single-storey lean-tos. House part has a symmetrical 4-window front. Windows are of 3 lights in the 2 centre bays and 1 light at each end; wood mullions, possibly original, with C19 small-paned glazing. Plank door in centre and at each end of ground storey, the centre doorway having a gabled stone porch with stone seat at either side internally. The ground-storey openings, except for the left-hand doorway (which has a plain granite lintel) have flat arches with roughly- shaped voussoirs. The shippon end has a plank door at the left-hand end; to left of it is a C20 upper-storey window and to right of it a blocked ventilation slit. There is a stone lean-to against the right-hand end. The lower gable-wall, fronting the road, has 3 ventilation slits in the ground storey and 1 above, in the gable; all are now glazed. At the base of the wall is the outlet for a drain. There is a single ventilation slit in the rear wall. Interior: left-hand ground-storey room has large fireplace with flat arch having voussoirs like those on the exterior; chamfered upper-floor beams with run-out stops. Right-hand room has Victorian cast-iron grate with good patterned tiles. Roof has trusses with collars pegged to the faces of the principal rafters; no common rafters, just heavy thatching spars. Former shippon has cobbled floor with central drain; on rear side feeding trough stones with slots for tethering posts. There is no connecting door between the house and shippon, nor evidence that it ever existed. Roof rebuilt in C20. On the opposite side of the farmyard, to south-east, are a good barn and stable (the latter converted to living accommodation). Both are separately listed. They make a good group with the farmhouse.
Listing NGR: SX6996876375

Sources / Further Reading

SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol III, 657.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1242051.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV29947Part of: Rowden farmstead, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV29946Related to: Barn south-east of farmhouse at Rowden, Widecombe (Building)
MDV29948Related to: Stable south-east of Rowden farmhouse, Widecombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2018 3:58PM